Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peatlands Under Pressure

The government's efforts to restore the peatland ecosystem have sparked protests. Players in the paper and oil palm industries oppose the policy, claiming it threatens their business interests. Minister Siti…


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Diplomatic Bag

One Belt One Road to Strengthen Economic Relations

President Joko Widodo and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held a meeting to discuss future relations during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 14.…

Lithuanian President Makes Historic Visit

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitè and President Joko Widodo held a historic meeting during her visit in Jakarta last week. The presidents of the two countries met for the first time…



Ahok is, was, will be. In different places, in other times, but whenever we realize that injustice has succeeded in sentencing an innocent person, when politics, hatred and prejudice are…


Hasto Kristiyanto, Secretary-General of the PDI-P: We are not a communist party

The secretary-general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Hasto Kristiyanto refutes charges that he failed to deliver for his party in the 2017 regional and local elections. But…


The Battle over Peatlands

President Joko Widodo must immediately resolve the dispute between Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto. Peatlands restorationthe bone of contention between the two ministersis linked…

The Bakamla Case Must not Vanish

The Bakamla graft case should go to a joint civil-military court. Money went to senior military officers and DPR members.

Scene & Heard

Suzy Hutomo: Saving Energy

There are many reasons to choose working at home than go to the office every day. For Suzy Hutomo, CEO of Body Shop Indonesia, doing her business from her home…

Sean Gelael: F1 Race car

SEAN Gelael can still feel what it was like to sit in the pit of the Formula 1 race car of the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, a few weeks ago.…



I, Esther Cuaca Wijaya, a BNI Palembang customer, am disappointed with what I suspect to be a procedural violation in my credit. BNI's management is aware of the issue, but…


Empowering home-based Workers

The informal sector provides opportunities when jobs are scarce. The National Statistics Agency (BPS) noted that around 58 percent of Indonesians work in the informal sector, including domestic helpers and…

Saturday School for home-based Workers

An association of domestic workers in Makassar has set up a special school, in which students are taught negotiation and organizational skills and other self-reliant strategies.

National Park Devastated by Earthworm Hunters

Rampant sonari earthworm (Metaphire longa) hunting at Mount Pangrango National Park has been a cause for concern to the forest conservation area's management and local residents. Park Chief Adison said…

Lifeless Giant Whale Washed Ashore in Maluku

A dead whale washed ashore at the Dusun Hulung Beach in Western Seram, Maluku, two weeks ago. Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) landed in the area and…


The Jakarta Bay Catch-22 Reclamation

Reclamation of Jakarta Bay can potentially damage the city's northern coastal environment. So why is the city government issuing a license for its development?

Word Watch


Ask many young people today what the distress signal SOS stands for, and few know. Save Our Souls. And when explained, there is puzzlement about the word 'soul'--is this a…

News Capsule

Urip's Release Under Scrutiny

Anti-corruption activists questioned the justice and human rights ministry's decision to prematurely release Urip Tri Gunawan, a former prosecutor sentenced to 20 years in 2008 for graft in the Bank…


The Strange Prison Sentence for Basuki

BASUKI 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, the former Jakarta governor, was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison, citing Article 156a of the Criminal Code. The charge of…


Market Pulse: Good News Amid Uneasy Calm

High political tension in the last two weeks have not brought any ill tidings to Indonesian financial markets. Investors seem unaffected by the unrest on the future of the country's…


Reclamation Plaintiffs Back Off

With their case now in appeal, fishermen reclamation plaintiffs have withdrawn their legal team’s power of attorney, citing monetary enticements and intimidation as the reason.


A Slice of the Pie

Bribery in Bakamla's procurement of a monitoring satellite and unmanned aircrafts may have involved lawmakers. The crime was planned long before the project was even proposed.

Arie Soedewo: There was no (fee)

AFTER his inauguration as head of the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) on March 2016, Arie Soedewo expressed his goal to combat illegal fishing and other crimes at sea. "I'm preparing…